Gas pipeline explodes near St. Petersburg

Smoke from chimneys in St. Petersburg, March 3, 2005. (Sergey Kulikov/AFP via Getty Images)

A gas pipeline exploded outside St. Petersburg, Russia, on Saturday, sparking a massive fire, the local government said.

The enormous flames could be seen from miles away.

Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said the explosion was caused by a pipeline failure and no one was injured.

Leningrad Governor Alexander Drozdenko wrote in Telegram that the pressure in the main gas pipeline has dropped and a nearby thermal power plant has switched to fuel oil to ensure uninterrupted heat supply.

Firefighters were working at the fire scene.

Drozdenko said the fire is not likely to spread to residential areas.

Associated Press